NORTH PORT — It was not a typical year for the seniors of the Class of 2020.
However, the 76 graduating seniors at Imagine School of North Port had two simple requests for Principal John Halcomb.
Since most of the final quarter of the school year was conducted through online learning due to the pandemic, the seniors wanted a chance to say goodbye to their school. The class asked if they could take a final walk through the halls, which some have known since the doors opened in 2008.
After participating in the promotion parade for the fifth-graders at the Imagine School’s elementary campus Wednesday, the members of the Class of 2020 walked with staff, the less than half-mile to their own campus.
They walked in their royal blue caps and gowns through the hallways, waving to teachers as they passed, many wearing masks.
The school has tentatively set an in-person graduation ceremony for July 23.
“It made it less sad,” said senior Bella Cecchini, on getting to walk through the school a final time.
Cecchini plans to attend Florida Atlantic University to study wildlife biology.
“I like how the school is doing everything they can to get graduation to happen — and keeping us together is good,” said senior Vince Saborse.
He plans to attend Florida SouthWestern State College in the fall, and later transfer to Florida Gulf Coast University to study sports medicine.
As the class made their way through the courtyard, staff gave them a round of applause.
Students got to take home yard signs with their names and photos on them.